Resilient Volunteers

Ice Age National Scenic Trail, Ice Age Trail Alliance, Mobile Skills Crew event, Ringle Segment

Photo by Allan Henn

Wild, wet weather greeted us Tuesday and made repeated guest appearances all week. Thank you for drawing upon your personal stores of resiliency to make the first “MSC Mammoth” event of the season a success.

Bringing a Trail to life requires a certain toughness and the capacity to adapt and forge ahead. 107 volunteers, over the course of 2,539 hours, had fun, worked safely, and built great trail. Significant progress was made towards our August goal of opening 1.7 miles of new, sustainable, premier Ice Age National Scenic Trail.

Success Snapshot:

  • 3,000 feet of sustainable tread built.
  • 20 rock walls stretching 188 feet constructed.
  • 3½ miles of trail reassurance blaze locations tacked in place.
  • 800 meals prepared and served in trying weather.
Ice Age National Scenic Trail, Ice Age Trail Alliance, Ringle Segment, Mobile Skills Crew 2017 event

Photo by Cameron Gillie

Special Thanks:

  • Marathon County Solid Waste Management for providing base camp facilities, rock; soil; and an insiders tour of landfill operations.
  • Northland College and Wilderness Medical Society students for insights and helping (successfully!) test the Project Safety Net.
  • George Sandul, Jim Zastrow, Jim & Mary Peksa, Bob & Gail Piotrowski, and Paul Pawlowski for loaning wheelbarrows for the project.
  • Mount View Care Center for loaning equipment for movie night
  • Bob & Gail Piotrowski, Grace Riehle, Rick & Roberta Bie, Allen Henn, Donna Jean and Joe & Peg Jopek for the amazing amount of yummy cookies, bars, and cakes which kept our spirits high.
  • Rick & Karla  Larson for the trailer of firewood.
  • Jennie-O Turkey for tasty breakfast sandwich fixings.
  • Gail Piotrowski, Marathon County chapter volunteers and Crew Leaders for pre, during and post event leadership.
  • Crossroads County Market for a Gift Certificate towards supplies.

Extra Special Thanks:

Cameron Gille ( was our on-site photographer for this event. To see the complete album of photos he created for this event, you may visit his business Facebook page.

Next Up:
The Blue Hills, June 1-3; wild, lonesome, and magnificent – trail stewards, sawyers, mowers needed!!

2017 Mobile Skills Crew Sponsors:
This project was made possible, in part, by these generous sponsors who have stepped up to support the Trail program in 2017.